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The County of Islay is a county of Peru located in the southeast of the Department of Arequipa. Lima to the north with the county of Arequipa, to the east with the Department of Moquegua, to the south with the ocean Pacific and to the west with the county of Camaná.

The Capital of the county is the city of Mollendo.

This county has tourist many attractiveness some of the adults they are the beaches of Mollendo and its creeks where they are carried out many sports as the fishing and submarine hunt.

The tourist activity is seasonal, in the summer station it is where we find many places of amusement. One of their tourist bigger attractiveness of this county is that of Mejía's lagoons, to where some 230 species of migratory birds arrive.



It is a generous area to practice the ecological tourism, of recreation and it risks, it possesses extensive beaches of white sands, creeks of waters calm and transparent, small islands, considered lagoons of world importance for the diversity of birds, green countrysides of the tambo valley that make it a beautiful place for the summer to happen, and to enjoy all their natural and archaeological fantastic attractiveness.

In Mollendo they can be large houses and buildings of up to 3 floors of republican architecture and built in their entirety by wood of Oregon, conduction exclusively from USA more than 100 years ago, these large houses and buildings can be appreciated in Av. Marshal Castile, in the streets Adult Blondell, Huáscar, July 28 and Wilson.

Places to visit:

  • Immaculate Concepción's parish
  • Tourist bathrooms "The aguadita"
  • Pacific Steam Navegation Company
  • Pier Ratti
  • Aquatic park
  • Castle Forga
  • The beaches of the port of the sun


Their capital is Matarani and they highlight the following places: the ruins of the old town of Islay, the lighthouse, the terminal fishing ocean fish and the port terminal of Matarani. For via marine it can visit one another the creeks of Huachuray, Calahuani, Arantas, the French, Huata, Honoratos, Rye, Gulch Sling and Mollendito.

Here you can camp one weekend and to practice the diving and submarine hunt, these voyages are taken advantage of to visit the Islands Loberas of Hornillos, it Cracks and The Lioness, where the penguins of Humbolt, dolphins and marine wolves will be appreciated.


Well-known as the pearl of Pacific, their economy is based on the agriculture, here it can visit one another the first beach where they are located the club lizards, heads of crustaceans, it can be in a roquedal of red granite under the house of López of Romaña.

These petroglifos apparently would be of the time agriculture-alfarera among the years 1300 and 1500 of our era. To few kilometers of Mejía they are Mejía's Lagoons, national grateful sanctuary at international level.


The capital of this district is The Curve, acquaintance archaeological center that has in the Necropolis of Guardiola 80 funeral bales of diverse styles (Juli, Chuquibamba and Inca), next to a group of wooden keros and other archaeological remains.

The Curve is also known by its rich chancho chicarrones, famous alfajores of honey and the special of dish. The beach The motor-pump during the summer time is full of crowd.


Great part of its lands is dedicated to the cultivation. Here they are important centers of art rupestre like the pictografía samples that are in Pascana, petroglifos found in Quelgua and Litoglifos that can be appreciated in Ayanquera.

This district has two architectural jewels as they are the parish of Asunción of Cocrachacra, construction colonial neo and the Church of Our Mrs. of Immaculate Concepción of Pampas Blanca, of style French neo-Gothic isabelino. Here he/she is the Sugar Power station of Chucarapi, the one that previous coordination can be visited.


Located to the south end of the county of Islay, pride is the Christ Mirador, it structures of 9 m. of height located in the highest hill in the area, the Hill Mandolas from where the whole valley of Tambo is sighted.

Among the good known beaches they are you Taste, Chocolate, Spa Primera Beach, Dren, Corio (special beach for the extraction of male and shellfish) and Playuelas, after the coastal fringe, the hills of Amancaes are located, Chucarapi, Cardones, The Fig, Jesús, Iñani, Corralón and Amoquinto, in those that are plantations of figs and olive trees.

Their employer parties:

  • Festivity of the Mr. of the Abandoned ones that it is celebrated in The Tip, January 01.
  • Festivity of Candlemas' Virgin, celebrated in the annex of Chocolate, February 02.
  • Festivity of San Pedro that is celebrated in the annex of you Taste, June 29.
  • Festivity of celebrated Carmen's Virgin July 16.

Equally it can visit one another in The Tip, the Lagoons of Dren where they meet bofedales with diversity of birds, the cemetery of fossils that you/they are in the hill Mandolas as well as petroglifos in the area of The Caves and Corio.



From the old jetty of Mollendo toward the south is an almost off succession of wide and gentle beaches of fine sand, for an extension of long of more than 35km. They are then the most extensive beaches in the Peruvian coast, and an inexhaustible window for the tourism recreacional.


He/she has something more than 200m. of long for about 150m. of wide from the low tide line. Before it was the only one converged. Now they are so many the vacationers that you the reservation for the installation of parasols, only. It has lifeboat positions, hygienic services, you take a shower of fresh water, parking lot beach for vehicles and position of sale of sodas, fruits, etc. In the first beach he/she is the municipal pools, for those who wanted to practice the swimming.


It is separated from the first beach for some peñolerías that don't interrupt the extension of sand neither the step of the pedestrians in the low tide. He/she has about 180 meters of longitude.


It measures near 1km they settle the carps or the swimmers' awnings, sometimes in several arrays, presenting a multicolored and cheerful aspect. There are also lifeboat positions and restaurants for those who want to feed in the beach.

Between the Segunda and Third beach there is a crag with a great cave taken place by the erosion. And on the crag he/she rises the Castle of Forga, an airy construction, built in last century but with a style that evokes the castles of medieval Europe.

You can appreciate from great distance and, he/she has transformed into a symbol of Mollendo. There is the idea of transforming it in a great casino when it passes to property of the Provincial Council.


It is much more extensive that the previous ones; in their high part he/she is "The Seabird", a modern urbanization made expressly for vacationers.


The spa is installed "The Rocks", this spa was created and implemented by Sr. Raúl Núñez of Carpio, and it is very frequented for its you magnify conditions, the beaches are wide and clean, there are permanent service of carps and totora parasols, it exists a good bar restaurant and parking lot beach for vehicles.

A thousand more meters to the south of The Rocks are the airport. And the beach of sand continues without interruption until Mejía's district, to 11 km., of distance. Besides the beaches there is in Mollendo some thermal bathrooms of fresh water, calls "Aguadita", where it can also take sea bathrooms.


Between Mollendo and Matarani there are a series of creeks, tips and islands excessively interesting that almost are terrestrial virgin for and massive tourism. They are, for example, the following ones:


It is the current port of Arequipa and main of the south of Peru. You inaugurates January of 1951, 6 it is built in a bay that has natural coat, but you have been reinforced with two breakwater: one of 659m and the other of 31m of longitude. The summits of both artificial defenses constitute the only entrance that has the interior bay or area of it robs for the ships. This interior bay understands a triangular surface of some 100 hectares, and its depths from 9 to 12 fathoms, in the jetty they can acoderar simultaneously up to 4 ships of great soaked.


At 4km of Mollendo for the highway to Matarani. There was here one it manufactures of fish preserves, but at the moment their facilities are dismantled and abandoned. It is a very appropriate place to enable it as quay of yachts or other sport or tourist crafts. The sea is extremely calm, and he/she has a beautiful color that gives the name to the creek.

TIP ISLAY is a prominence of the coast, where he/she is installed an automatic lighthouse, with a nautical visibility of 21.



Matarani is the current port of Arequipa and main of the south of Peru. You inaugurates January of 1951, 6 it is built in a bay that has natural coat, but you have been reinforced with two breakwater: one of 659m and the other of 31m of longitude. The summits of both artificial defenses constitute the only entrance that has the interior bay or area of it robs for the ships. This interior bay understands a triangular surface of some 100 hectares, and its depths from 9 to 12 fathoms, in the jetty they can acoderar simultaneously up to 4 ships of great soaked.


Mejía is a beautiful summer place; until he doesn't make a lot, it could be considered as an exclusive spa of the suitable families of Arequipa. It counts with you magnify residences, generally busy only during the summer station. Near Mejía, toward the south, there is a great lagoon that has been formed of the filtrations of water of the irrigation Mollendo - Mejía - Ensenada.


Mejía's Lagoons this located 20 Km. to the south of Mollendo, it has an approximate area of 100 there are. and with three mirrors of water; for the reduced space it constitutes a complex habitat and a critical "place of conservation in the western coast of South America", their importance is demonstrated by the presence of not less than 157 species of birds, of which 72 are permanent residents, 85 are migratory in certain times of the year (39 correspond to North America or the arctic one, 15 to the southern part of South America or seas of the south, 08 to areas altoandinas of Peru and Bolivia and 23 are visiting wandering of diverse origin).


It is a warm and very interesting valley that expands to the long of the river Tambo until their outlet in the sea. It is place very visited by the school tourism, mainly, but their resources can deserve a more widespread current.

A very interesting circuit can be the one that begins leaving from Arequipa toward the Pan-American south until the District attorney's Bridge, on the river Tambo; taking in this point the one deviated toward the valley, he/she goes by the big plantations of sugar of Chucarapi, with its corresponding factory of sugar; it is continued then by the populations of Cocachacra, Deán Valdivia, The Curve, Mejía and Mollendo, to return to Arequipa for Warriors, the pampas of the jewel and the Variant of Uchumayo. It can also leave The Curve to Tip of Chocolate, where there are some very converged beaches.


It is a privilege of certain hills of the coast to have herbaceous vegetation that is formed because of the sprinkles or garúas of the station. They sometimes show up not very rainy years, and the hills non verdean and in all their splendor, but when the winter he/she comes with enough humidity, it is difficult to explain with words the esplendidez of the landscape that is formed. The loamy red earth is impregnated of the I liquidate element and an abundant and multicolored flora covers the crest and the hillsides of the hills.

There are beautiful but treacherous flowers, as the nettle; others that exhale an exquisite aroma, as the white amancae that alone it exists in Mollendo and in Camaná.

It is also plentiful the suncho, the amber one, the cuyajo, the clavelina, and a malvaceus one small, of flowers lilacs and celestial that cover the hills literally, giving them an aspect of fantasy.

It is lamentable that so much beauty he/she vanishes when it arrives the rigors of the summer; all the green one dies and the hill acquires a devastating aridity.



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